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Volume 10, Number 39
October 17, 2012
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AVflash! SmartDeck Comes to Cobaltback to top 

Cobalt has announced that its new Co50 will feature the SmartDeck system, which was bought from L-3 by the Canadian company CMC Electronics, a subsidiary of Esterline. The Co50 was unveiled at EAA AirVenture as a concept aircraft in 2010 and now, two years later, it's come out of the ground with an announced test program, pricing and more performance details. Cobalt's David Loury told AVweb that the Co50 will be a four-place composite design with a canard, the first we've seen on a small production aircraft. The Valkyrie will be powered by a Continental TSIOF-550, the company's latest powerplant equipped with its PowerLink FADEC for single-lever operation. Predicted performance is about 225 knots with typical IFR range of at least 1400 miles. More...

AEA Pilots Guide || Aircraft Electronics 
Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit

This special 10th anniversary edition is a consumer's directory containing buyer's guides, educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people. The publication helps pilots make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations around the world.
GOL Pilots' Punishmentback to top 

The workings of the Brazilian justice system took another strange twist for two American pilots convicted of negligence in the mid-air collision that resulted in the loss of a GOL Boeing 737 in 2006. A Brazilian court on Monday upheld the criminal conviction of Jan Paladino and Joe Lepore but reduced their sentences a second time. After first sentencing the pilots to four years in jail, Brazil's courts then converted the sentence to "community service." Federal prosecutors and family members of passengers on the 737 appealed and on Monday the courts upheld the conviction but further reduced the sentence. The two are now officially free to go about their business but are supposed to check in with Brazilian penal officials from time to time. Neither man has been in Brazil since being allowed to return to the U.S. a couple of months after the accident. More...

Bendix/King by Honeywell || Loud and 
New! Bendix/King KMA 30 Audio Panel
Proof We Listen to Pilots
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Aviation Safetyback to top 

Both pilots of an An-28 that crashed in eastern Russia last month were drunk. Ten of the 14 aboard the aircraft died when the plane went down in a forest. At the time, local reports said there was no post-crash fire at the accident scene, which was about six miles short of the airport at Palana, a tiny community on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Witnesses said they say both pilots hoisting a few the night before the flight. The Russian authorities have now turned their attention to finding out how they got to the flight deck. More...

Copperstate Fly-In || October 25-27, 2012
The Southwest's Premier Aviation Event, the Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo will take place October 25-27 in Casa Grande, Arizona at the Municipal Airport. This, the 40th annual event, will include over 500 aircraft of all kinds, airplane rides, aviation exhibitors, fly-bys, vendors, a food court, and the Ford "Go Further" Tour. Adult admission: $15. Children 12 & under: no charge. No-cost parking. See for more information.

Come and enjoy an aviation experience at its best!
Sikorsky's Newest Helicopterback to top 

Sikorsky's S-76D, the newest version in a popular line of medium-size helicopters, is now certified, the company said this week. Deliveries are expected to start early next year, to start filling a half-billion-dollar backlog of orders. The S-76D features all-composite main rotor blades as standard equipment, new integrated avionics, and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines. The new model will be more efficient, more powerful, faster and quieter than earlier versions, the company said. A rotor ice protection system is available as an option. More...

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Babbitt's New Gigback to top 

Randy Babbitt, who served as FAA administrator from 2009 to 2011, has been hired by Southwest Airlines to oversee the carrier's labor relations. Babbitt will be responsible for all negotiation, communication and ongoing relationships between Southwest and the 11 organizations that represent 87 percent of its workers, the company said in a news release on Monday. "Randy's unique skills and experience at various levels in our industry can only strengthen those partnerships, to ensure our employees continue to play an important role in Southwest's success," said Mike Van de Ven, chief operating officer at the airline. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Jeff Van West
Jeff Van West is Redbird Flight Simulations' director of media relations. He was previously the editor of IFR magazine and a regular contributor to AVweb and Aviation Consumer magazine.

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

AOPA Summit was a smaller show with some notable absences. Sitting in the airport on the way home, AVweb editor Russ Niles posts to the AVweb Insider blog asking just what (if anything) that means. Read more and join the conversation. More...

Plus several other records. Red Bull pulled it off almost without a hitch, and on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli admires the perfect execution of what was, in the end, a brilliant stroke of marketing and promotion. He would lift a can of Red Bull in recognition, but he'd be up all night regretting it. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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